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User currently offlineFanofjets From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 2004 posts, RR: 3
Posted (6 years 3 months 2 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 4728 times:

Over the years, I have come across several instances in which maintenance technicians or pilots used the registration letters to give an aircraft a nickname; these include the following:

Vickers Vimy G-EAOU "God 'Elp All Of Us"
BOAC Comet 1 G-ALYP "Yoke Peter" (What's the meaning here?)
BOAC Bristol Britannia 102 G-ANBG "No Bloody Good" (the plane was a maintenance nightmare)
BOAC/British Airtours Boeing 707-336C G-AVPB "Pretty Boy"

Does anyone know of other registration nicknames? I notice that all my examples are British.

Please note: I am not looking for registrations such as F-WWOW, F-SEXY, G-KILO, or any of the Virgin Atlantic registrations, which have already been discussed here.

Thanks!


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User currently offlineFbgdavidson From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2004, 3713 posts, RR: 28
Reply 1, posted (6 years 3 months 2 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 4719 times:

There was a BA747 that apparently has quite a few technical problems, moreso than normal. G-BNLB earned the nickname 'Bird Never Leaves Base'.

Back in 2004 I had a 3hr technical delay at LHR before flying to SFO. I looked up the flight (when I found out about the nickname in 2005) and it turned out it was indeed G-BNLB!



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User currently offlineBohica From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 2742 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (6 years 3 months 2 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 4688 times:

Quoting Fanofjets (Thread starter):
BOAC Comet 1 G-ALYP "Yoke Peter" (What's the meaning here?)
G-George
A-Able
L-Love
Y-Yoke
P-Peter

It is from the British phonetic alphabet used until 03-01-56. After that, they adopted the NATO phonetic alphabet used worldwide.


(edit: spelling)

[Edited 2008-08-15 21:34:50]

User currently offlineSea2Pdx From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 70 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (6 years 3 months 2 weeks 2 days ago) and read 4612 times:

When QX was leasing CRJ-700 N290RB we called it Roast Beef. We have nicknames for a few other aircraft but none of them are tied to the registration.

User currently offlineVIR744 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2006, 55 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (6 years 3 months 2 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 4586 times:

There was a 747-200 with BA registered as G-BMGS. It was known as "Gone Sick", "May Go Sick" and "May Go Soon".

It became G-VOYG with VS.


User currently offlineAndz From South Africa, joined Feb 2004, 8461 posts, RR: 10
Reply 5, posted (6 years 3 months 2 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 4552 times:
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SAA had an A-300 registered ZS-SDD and she was nicknamed "Double Disaster" by the crew. Apparently she had more maintenance issues than any other in the fleet. My wife had a tower fly by once when she was cabin crew on SDD due to no gear green lights on approach to JNB.


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User currently offlinePilot21 From Ireland, joined Oct 1999, 1385 posts, RR: 2
Reply 6, posted (6 years 3 months 2 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 4409 times:

EI's 3 B747-100's were registered EI-ASJ/ASI & the late addition, EI-BED.
According to another contributor on these threads - Kaitak - EI-ASJ was commonly referred to as 'ah sweet jeasus' by it's Pilots due to frequent tech issues.

Pilot21



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User currently offlineIrish251 From Ireland, joined Nov 2004, 981 posts, RR: 4
Reply 7, posted (6 years 3 months 2 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 4380 times:



Quoting Pilot21 (Reply 6):
According to another contributor on these threads - Kaitak - EI-ASJ was commonly referred to as 'ah sweet jeasus' by it's Pilots due to frequent tech issues.

And when the same 747 was leased to BA as G-BDPZ it was reputedly referred to as"Paddy Zulu"!


User currently offlineOlympus69 From Canada, joined Jun 2002, 1737 posts, RR: 7
Reply 8, posted (6 years 3 months 2 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 4328 times:



Quoting Bohica (Reply 2):
Quoting Fanofjets (Thread starter):
BOAC Comet 1 G-ALYP "Yoke Peter" (What's the meaning here?)
G-George
A-Able
L-Love
Y-Yoke
P-Peter

It is from the British phonetic alphabet used until 03-01-56. After that, they adopted the NATO phonetic alphabet used worldwide

I believe that was originally the American military phonetic alphabet as used by them, and adopted by the British, in WW2. It replaced the British alphabet that started, Ack, Beer, etc. Thus Ack, Ack, for Anti Aircraft. I never did remember any other letters. Several are mentioned in such films as "The Dam Busters".


User currently offlineJustlump From United States of America, joined Jan 2007, 158 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (6 years 3 months 2 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 4309 times:
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Colgan has a Saab 340 with the registration N202SR. Because of mechanical issues, crews affectionately refer to it as the S**t Rocket.

User currently offlineAF Cabin Crew From French Polynesia, joined Sep 1999, 1041 posts, RR: 34
Reply 10, posted (6 years 3 months 2 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 4268 times:
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Ia Orana All !

One of our Boeing 747-400, F-GITA was dubbed the GITANIC after it overshot the runway in Tahiti and ended up in the lagoon of Faa'a


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User currently offlineExecJet From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2008, 32 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (6 years 3 months 2 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 4255 times:

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User currently offlineDavid_itl From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2001, 7415 posts, RR: 13
Reply 12, posted (6 years 3 months 2 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 4235 times:
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G-BNWH which earned its nickname as G-TECH as it ploughed it's lonely furrow between MAN and JFK, with a larger than nornal number of "issues" causing delays.

User currently offlineMir From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 21804 posts, RR: 55
Reply 13, posted (6 years 3 months 2 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 4215 times:



Quoting Sea2Pdx (Reply 3):
When QX was leasing CRJ-700 N290RB we called it Roast Beef. We have nicknames for a few other aircraft but none of them are tied to the registration.

It's pretty hard to have registration-based nicknames when often the only differences between US registrations for the same carrier are the numbers.

-Mir



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User currently offlineHMan From Germany, joined Jul 2006, 58 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (6 years 3 months 2 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 4176 times:

I have heard from an EasyJet FA that G-EZBS was called Britney Spears, it's HB-JZN now (EasyJet Switzerland).

User currently offlineOly720man From United Kingdom, joined May 2004, 6840 posts, RR: 11
Reply 15, posted (6 years 3 months 2 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 4167 times:

I heard many moons ago that when G-BOPB


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User currently offlineFlySSC From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 7425 posts, RR: 57
Reply 16, posted (6 years 3 months 2 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 4014 times:



Quoting AF Cabin Crew (Reply 10):
One of our Boeing 747-400, F-GITA was dubbed the GITANIC after it overshot the runway in Tahiti and ended up in the lagoon of Faa'a

GITAnic, "sinking" in Faa'a lagoon on Sepember 12 1993 :






User currently offlineShany From Germany, joined Jul 2008, 113 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (6 years 3 months 2 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 3987 times:

In our flying school we have a D-EBDI, which is often refered to as "doofe india" which is German and means "silly india".

However, I like her.

Shany



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User currently offlineJakTrax From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2005, 4936 posts, RR: 7
Reply 18, posted (6 years 3 months 2 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 3958 times:

Airtours/MyTravel had a 757 registered G-PIDS, which became (affectionately no doubt) known as 'Passengers In Deep Shit'! The company also had an A320 G-CRPH, which was christened 'Crap H'.

Karl


User currently offlineSteve7E7 From United Kingdom, joined May 2004, 478 posts, RR: 50
Reply 19, posted (6 years 3 months 2 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 3953 times:

Britannia Airways crews in the early 80's nicknamed their B737 G-AXNC "kNackered Charlie", due to it's habit of going tech on a rather frequent basis.

Another 737 of theirs, G-BADP was known as "Dirty Pig".

Anyone who remembers seeing it in it's dirty heyday will recollect the plumes of unburnt carbon it left behind on take off.


User currently offlineStarAlliance38 From United States of America, joined Jan 2008, 1445 posts, RR: 3
Reply 20, posted (6 years 3 months 2 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 3953 times:

I've heard British Airways' G-BUSH has a nickname. Can you guess what it is  Smile?


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User currently offlineJetMech From Australia, joined Mar 2006, 2699 posts, RR: 53
Reply 21, posted (6 years 3 months 2 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 3919 times:

When this particular 747 visited SYD, one of the mechanics told me that the rego stood for Garuda S*** Box, a somewhat unkind reference to the supposed condition of the aircraft.


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The 767 / RR combination inherited by QF from BA was nicknamed the "Falcons". The registrations for these aircraft where VH-ZXA - VH-ZXH. these regos appeared as XA, XB, XC, XD, XE, and XF upon the nose-gear doors.

These were the same two letter codes used to denote various generations of the Australian version of the Ford Falcon passenger car, hence the nickname.


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Regards, JetMech

[Edited 2008-08-17 11:07:20]


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User currently offlineCarduelis From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2001, 1586 posts, RR: 10
Reply 22, posted (6 years 3 months 2 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 3897 times:

In my early days as Air Cabin Crew with BOAC, I actually flew on G-ANBG a number of times when it was re-registered as G-APLL! Apparently a British Prime Minister, Harold Macmillan, flew on it, and each time it had tech problems. He was the instigator of the reg change - but even as G-APLL, the aircraft continued with it's problems!

More fun was G-ANBB - affectionately known as Brigit Bardot! On one trip, we were positioning on an empty leg of a long haul charter, and the Chief gave a stewardess and I the same time off. We immediately went aft to the First Class section where, with a little bit on ingenuity, I was able to lower the seat backs of two seats to the level of the seats behind, making a flat double bed. Yes, we did, but I still haven't worked out if we were able to join the Club, as I'm not sure if the height of the Brit cruising altitude of 16,000ft actually qualified!



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User currently offlineOtnySASLHR From Spain, joined May 2007, 131 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (6 years 3 months 2 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 3854 times:

In Dan-Air we had a B707-321 registered G-AYSL and was always referred to as either
"Sick Lil" or "Spread Legs" as it was always going Tech!
Not Related to the topic but our DC7CF G-ATAB was called the "Torrey Canyon" as it was always leaving oil slicks on the tarmac.



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